As on 30th November, 2022, 835 user fee plazas are operational on National Highways across the country under National Highways Authority of India out of which 54 user fee plazas are operational in the state of Karnataka.
At present, 514 user fee plazas are being operated by the contractors whereas a total of 321 fee plazas are being operated by the concessionaires across the country. In the state of Karnataka, 18 fee plazas are being operated by the contractors whereas a total of 36 user fee plazas are being operated by the concessionaires.
Concession period of Nashik Phata – Khed section of National Highway 60 has been completed on 8th October, 2021. The stretch has been handed over to National Highways Authority of India for tolling at reduced rates of 40% in accordance with National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008. However, tolling is yet to commence at Chandoli and Moshi Fee Plazas of Nashik Phata- Khed section.
There is no provision of closing of user fee plazas as per National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008, as amended from time to time.
National Highways Authority of India has made the provision of emergency services like Ambulance, patrolling vehicle and crane on 24×7 basis at every fee plaza and also there is a provision of toilet blocks for public use at fee plazas. Further, NHAI has also developed way side amenities at selected locations along few National Highways, wherein the project facilities like public conveniences, fuel refilling stations, restaurants and parking bays etc. have been developed.
This information was given by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.